Director of Professional Learning Policy and Implementation, DECE (14218)


: $192,290.00 - $192,290.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Executive Management

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This title is in a civil service competitive class that is subject to examination. Position is only open to applicants with permanent NYC civil service status as Administrative Education Officer or permanent in an equivalent title that is eligible for transfer under 6.1.9 to Administrative Education Officer.

Position Summary: The Mayor and the Chancellor have committed to providing a universal Pre-Kindergarten system in New York City that provides every 4-year-old with high-quality, full-day Pre-K. Every student in NYC should have the foundation of skills, knowledge, and approaches to learning needed to succeed. Evidence demonstrates that quality Pre-K contributes to student achievement and other long-term benefits.

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) administers Pre-K and 3-K programs for NYC students in public elementary schools and New York City Early Education Centers (NYCECCs). DECE provides families access to high-quality early childhood options that prepare their children for success in school and life. Together with families and programs, DECE ensures that children are engaged, nurtured, and supported with the tools needed to develop into independent learners and creative problem-solvers.

As a key member of the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE), the Director of Professional Learning Policy and Implementation provides leadership and expertise to ensure that all Division of Early Childhood Education professional learning strategies and programs are implemented with the highest quality. In collaboration with the Executive Director for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, the Director leads the Division's implementation of professional learning for Pre-K and 3-K. In addition, the Director collaborates with DECE instructional staff, colleges, universities, and the business community regarding the development of effective early childhood initiatives. Performs related work.

Reports To: Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Programs

Direct Reports: Project Manager

Key Relationships: DECE Executive Directors, DECE Field Offices, Division of Teaching and Learning, New York City Early Education Center (NYCEEC) Directors, Principals, other Central DOE offices, and other external professional learning organizations.


* Collaborates with others to develop DECE's implementation of all professional learning and curricular materials for Pre-K and 3-K teachers and leaders.
* Oversees research and assessment studies, based on the needs of NYCEECs and public schools, to advise the Executive Director on professional learning priorities.
* Assists with the professional learning implementation process with multiple public and private partners and vendors, including the coordination of document review and approval.
* Partners with the DECE Teaching and Learning team and field office leaders to ensure that Instructional Coordinators and Social Workers have access to the latest research and materials to aid in their delivery of support to schools, and that they receive training on these materials.
* Manages the development and implementation of online and blended learning materials and trainings to reach a greater proportion of teachers and school leaders serving Pre-K and 3-K children.
* Liaises, as required, with SED, United States Department of Education, professional organizations, and Directors of Early Childhood Education programs in municipalities nationwide. Analyzes current issues and trends related to the improvement of early childhood instruction.
* Develops and maintains a cooperative working relationship with appropriate City agencies and other DOE offices for the identification of professional learning and staff development opportunities in early childhood education.
* Serves as a resource for central, district, and school-based personnel, parent, and community groups concerning methodology, materials, practices, and procedures for both traditional and alternative early childhood education initiatives.
* Develops and implements methods to measure the effectiveness of implemented professional learning and uses data gathered to improve program quality.
* Assists in the development and implementation of various aspects of DECE's strategic plan.
* Presents reports based on research and analysis to DECE senior leadership, and shares other information/data for internal or external consumption, e.g., SED reports.
* Works in close collaboration with community school district and school-based staff in the coordination of local professional learning initiatives for Pre-K and 3-K.
* Oversees the implementation of professional learning content which encompass English language arts, languages other than English, health education, physical education, home economics, and the performing arts, including music, drama and dance in assigned ECE programs, with adaptability to students with special needs and students whose home language is not English.
* Establishes and maintains a working relationship with all instructional staff to ensure the dissemination of relevant information and materials regarding current research, program mandates, acquisition of resources, and innovative program practices in early childhood education.

Qualification Requirements:


* A master's degree from an accredited college or university in education, educational psychology, educational leadership, public administration, public policy, social work, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration, in such areas as: portfolio planning, educational grants/funding, student enrollment, assessment and accountability, youth development, special education, early childhood, program evaluation, policy research, college and career readiness, health and wellness, immunization, diagnostic and treatment services for parents and children, out of school programs, career and occupational education, curriculum development, evaluation and testing, educational planning, and educational statistics, or a related field, at least 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration; or
* A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of satisfactory, fulltime progressively responsible professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in \"1\" above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
* A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of satisfactory, full time professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in \"1\" above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
* Education and/or experience equivalent to \"1\", \"2\", or \"3\" above. Undergraduate education above the high school level may be substituted for professional experience, in the areas described in \"1\" above, at the rate of 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university for each year of experience, up to a maximum of 4 years. Graduate education in areas other than those mentioned above, may be substituted for the professional experience, at the rate of 15 graduate semester credits from an accredited college or university, for 6 months of experience, up to a maximum of 1 year of professional experience. However, all candidates must have a high school diploma or its educational equivalent and 18 months of experience in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration as described above.


* Five or more years of professional experience as described above.
* Knowledge of best practices in early childhood education (birth to Grade 3).


* Familiarity with The New York City Department of Education's Pre-Kindergarten Performance Standards and The New York State Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
* Understanding of developmentally appropriate assessments for early childhood (Pre-K to Grade 3) students.
* Excellent program management skills, with the ability to plan, organize, develop, and lead the implementation of large-scale projects on a school/district/or citywide basis.
* Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
* Strong people management and communication skills, with the ability to mentor and coach employees to continuously improve their performance and achieve positive outcomes for themselves, as well as for the programs they serve.
* Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
* Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, to share information effectively and confidently, build and cultivate relationships, and work effectively with diverse groups, including education and non-education personnel, internal and external to the DOE.
* Knowledge of DOE policy and procedures, and the ability to interpret and apply policies effectively, especially those related to the Division of Early Childhood Education.
* Exemplary attention to detail, extremely organized, able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines.
* Ability to lead digital asset development projects.
* Advanced knowledge of user experience design and digital systems development.
* Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
* Internal applicants preferred.

Salary: $107,203+

(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Applications will be accepted through October 10, 2019 until 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.

This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.


It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at

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